Who was the steal of the 2017 draft?

The steal of the 2017 draft was.......?

  • Pick 12 Darcy Fogarty

  • Pick 13 Jarrod Brander

  • Pick 17 Jack Higgins

  • Pick 21 Oscar Allen

  • Pick 22 Lachie Fogarty

  • Pick 25 Noah Balta

  • Pick 26 Liam Ryan

  • Pick 31 Bailey Fritsch

  • Pick 38 Jack Petruccelle

  • Pick 45 James Worpel

  • Pick 57 Gryan Miers

  • Pick 76 Matt Guelfi


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Kwality

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How many of those on offer have a flag & an AA to their name going into 2021.

Steal of the draft because every club overlooked him in the 2016 draft, its Flyin' Ryan.
 

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Marcel Proust

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What do you think he should improve on?

Not much of baker but he is super quick. Has great hands and skills. Is brave as they come. Defends to a high standard.

Ie. Was very decent in patches on toby green in a gf
 

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What do you think he should improve on?

Not much of baker but he is super quick. Has great hands and skills. Is brave as they come. Defends to a high standard.

Ie. Was very decent in patches on toby green in a gf
He can defend well but his kicking is average at best. Solid
 

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Noah Balta has to be the biggest steal only 21 years old premiership player with the athleticism he possess it's insane how he wasn't a top 10 pick.

He came to a good team but he also had to wait his turn & refine his skills in the VFL he wasn't just gifted games which is what I like he had to earn them.
 

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How many of those on offer have a flag & an AA to their name going into 2021.

Steal of the draft because every club overlooked him in the 2016 draft, its Flyin' Ryan.
Ryan is great, I saw him do things late last year that I hadn't seen him do before. The game against Collingwood where he influenced all over the ground not just up forward was terrific.

I guess what might hurt him a little is coming in mature age he might not have as much scope for improvement as the guys drafted as 18 year olds. But at the cost the Eagles got a good one, 26 is certainly no bum pick though.

By the time the rest of this crop is Ryan's age now, I reckon the top talents might have a bit more to their games.
 

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Liam Baker is a jet. Every club needs a little nugget like him running and carrying.

Liam Ryan is the best small forward in the AFL (and by some way). He's the best value pick of this draft imo, and Balta not far behind.
 

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Ryan is great, I saw him do things late last year that I hadn't seen him do before. The game against Collingwood where he influenced all over the ground not just up forward was terrific.

I guess what might hurt him a little is coming in mature age he might not have as much scope for improvement as the guys drafted as 18 year olds. But at the cost the Eagles got a good one, 26 is certainly no bum pick though.

By the time the rest of this crop is Ryan's age now, I reckon the top talents might have a bit more to their games.
Well put.
Regarding Ryans age, he has come to AFL footy from outside the elite pathways, through the Clontarf system in Geraldton. He was overlooked in the 2016 draft after 16 games in the WAFL, initially debuting in the Subi reserves.
His best is in front of him as he builds stamina year on year.
 

juss

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Well put.
Regarding Ryans age, he has come to AFL footy from outside the elite pathways, through the Clontarf system in Geraldton. He was overlooked in the 2016 draft after 16 games in the WAFL, initially debuting in the Subi reserves.
His best is in front of him as he builds stamina year on year.
No doubt, his age and player type probably suggests his best footy is from now until 30 so certainly coming into his prime. I guess just because of that later start, the value is a bit less because there'll be less gotten out of him given his age compared to someone that might be impacting at that level by age 21/22.
 

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I think by the end of this season Zac Bailey and Brandon Starcevich will be high on this list
 

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Ryan is great, I saw him do things late last year that I hadn't seen him do before. The game against Collingwood where he influenced all over the ground not just up forward was terrific.

I guess what might hurt him a little is coming in mature age he might not have as much scope for improvement as the guys drafted as 18 year olds. But at the cost the Eagles got a good one, 26 is certainly no bum pick though.

By the time the rest of this crop is Ryan's age now, I reckon the top talents might have a bit more to their games.
As opposed to the massive improvement he's already shown in his first 3 seasons? By the time the rest of the crop is Ryan's age now, they'll still be behind him.

imo, he's their second most important player behind Naitanui.
 

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As opposed to the massive improvement he's already shown in his first 3 seasons? By the time the rest of the crop is Ryan's age now, they'll still be behind him.

imo, he's their second most important player behind Naitanui.
Don't agree with the bolded part, he's a very good player, but at 24 he's got one AA and is kicking under 30 goals a year, and a couple of club top 10 B&Fs.

By 24, there'll be players in the draft with better careers than that to that point. Most of the lower age players are still 21 or under, and the next 3 seasons are about to hit their breakout years.

I'm not saying he hasn't or can't improve, I already highlighted his improvement in an earlier post. It's just that most other players from that draft being a little younger have likely got more footy seasons, more development time and thus a greater scope for improvement in them. Not every single one will out perform by his current age, but some certainly will in my view.
 
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I'm obviously biased, but I reckon Tom McCartin deserves consideration. Not the biggest steal of the draft, but could be a gun KPD or KPF which is handy at his stage of development.
 

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Tim Kelly at #24 by the length of the Flemington straight.

Though Balta could end up being the best player of the draft in a few years.
 

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Of those listed, has to be Worpel you'd think.

Guelfi also good value considering he was a pick in the 70s.

But the glaring omission from the poll is Tim Kelly.
 

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